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NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:01 pm

This article will be a real laugher to all here at the net; the New York Times has a splendid photo of a CRJ taking off. Only problem is, they call it a DC-9. Aren't these the guys reporting "all the news that's fit to print"? I thought they were somewhat better than this.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/29/bu...e0219c8c5&ei=5089&partner=rssyahoo
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:10 pm

To be fair to this guys they are not aviation experts, just reporters. From a distance they look the same to an untrained eye and to be honest I have mixed them from from a distance before. Give these guys credit that they got that close, its better than a lot of other media outlets do
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:13 pm

Show that picture to 90% of the people in Minneapolis or Detroit and they'll have no idea what kind of plane it is. Not everyone is as knowledgeable as the people on this board.
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:16 pm

The editor probably said something like, "Get a picture of that Northwest plane with two engines on the back." Can't fault him too much; remember, not everyone is as smart as we are.  Smile

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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:18 pm

It's a wire service file photo from the Associated Press that they used to illustrate the article (that's what "Jim Mone/Associated Press" in the bottom right corner means). So it was either the AP who mislabeled the photo, or the Times just disregarded the label on it.
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:19 pm

Actually, from a good distance, if I can't tell see the winglets, I often mistake the two myself. Especially in NW's old livery, for some reason.

Proportionally, a CRJ-200 is not all that different from a DC9 30 or maybe -50.

Just be thankful it wasn't a 747!
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:19 pm

But I still get a big chuckle out of it.....  laughing 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:25 pm

Quoting DAYflyer (Reply 6):
But I still get a big chuckle out of it..

So did I. It showed that some folks on this board know as much about copy editing and how newspapers are published as aviation. Big grin
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:30 pm

I like the ''like the one above part''.LOL.
Overhere when the President's 757 had an emergency landing due to left engine fire right after take off a couple of monthsago, in the Clarin, our most important newspaper, posted a picture of a 737-700 right next to ''the Presidents plane, a 757''.

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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:36 pm

I don't know how they can screw it up so often. It's apples and oranges. You never see a picture of a Dodge Intrepid with this caption: "The back seat of a Ford Crown Victoria can comfortably thrill three pairs of horny teenagers."

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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 2:38 pm

Primadonna liberal media at its finest!  Yeah sure
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Tue Mar 29, 2005 4:02 pm

Quoting Jean Leloup (Reply 5):
Just be thankful it wasn't a 747!

As stupid as the press is, I'm surprised they didn't call it a 747. They think every airplane is a 747.
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:52 am

And the reporter refers to JetBlue's Embraers as "regional jets", too.

I really don't think it's too much to ask for a newspaper (especially the largest paper in the nation's largest city) to have a reporter who knows something about the airline industry.
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:59 am

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 12):
I really don't think it's too much to ask for a newspaper (especially the largest paper in the nation's largest city) to have a reporter who knows something about the airline industry.

Are they not supposed to check on this stuff before it goes to press??
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:24 am

That article ran in the Sunday Transportation section of the Chicago Tribune. One would think that the editors who deal with aviation regularly would have picked up on this.
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:45 am

Every time the newspaper deals with something that I actually know about, they get it wrong. But what's really bad is that I still read the paper every day and generally believe what I read.

It's true that the newspapers have little time to prepare their articles, but with the internet, there's really no excuse for making the basic mistakes they often do.

While I'm at it, one of my pet peeves with newspapers is spelling, grammatical, and especially usage errors. I try to be the best AME I can, and obviously try not to make mistakes. Reporters are wordsmiths. They shouldn't make as many mistakes as they do.
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:53 am

The worst is when they say something like, "a jumbo jet takes off from..." And the picture is clearly a narrow body.
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:43 am

Quoting ExFATboy (Reply 12):
And the reporter refers to JetBlue's Embraers as "regional jets", too.

Surprisingly, a lot of people here make that mistake also. It seems as though people think Embraer only makes RJ's.

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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 11:54 am

I got a copy of the paper in school today and noticed that. Was going to post about it earlier, but you beat me to it, DAYflier!
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 1:58 pm

So, just how much do y'all trust the other "facts" in the papers? If they can get this wrong, why not something else?
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:12 pm

You have to remember this happens on a daily basis. Specially nowadays where reporters have less time to investigate and confirm thanks to the internet and live broadcast.
Public now want news from the last hour, not yesterdays'. Mix ups like this will only increase in the future so learn to read and watch the media with "moderation". I'm sure if they show us a picture of HMS Olympic and tell us it was the Titanic, most of us will not notice the error since we're not boat enthusiasts. (Olympic was a sister ship of Titanic.... and looked similar).
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:26 pm

Some of you guys seem to be getting pretty worked up about what is a fairly minor mistake. I just took a look at that article, and I don't see a photo or the caption the original poster is referring to, so I don't know where the copy editing chain might have broken down. But, you know, this really isn't that big of a deal. It's not a reason to call into question the credibility and accuracy of an entire news gathering and reporting institution. Should it have happened? Of course not. But nor is this part of some mysterious newsman cabal designed to keep people confused about the difference between an RJ and a DC-9. I can imagine this being a situation of a caption quite accurately referring to NW's plans to retire DC-9s that was then, regrettably or defensibly, coupled with a generic-NW-aircraft type photo. But as I haven't seen the photo or caption, I reserve judgment on that matter.

If it really bothers you, contact the corrections desk, and I'll bet you see a correction tomorrow or the day after. No respectable newspaper wants to print false or incorrect information but the New York Times, in particular, hates being wrong. I think they take a masochistic pleasure in correcting their mistakes.
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:02 pm

Just remember...to 95% of the public, that's an Airbus 747.  Wink
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Wed Mar 30, 2005 10:56 pm

N844AA is right -- from today's edition of the Times:

Corrections: For the Record

Published: March 30, 2005
A picture caption in Business Day yesterday with an article about a reduction in seats available on domestic airline flights misidentified a jet flown by Northwest Airlines, which is retiring 24 of its DC-9 aircraft. It was a CRJ-200, not a DC-9. (Go to Article)
 
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RE: NY Times Can't Tell DC-9 Or CRJ Apart

Thu Mar 31, 2005 12:08 am

How can one fault the "Times" for a minor mistake. We all know they are very busy tending to more important issues. Like promoting a political message and slamming the President of the United States of America.
The Times also works with a limited amount of resources(yeah,right) that are to be spread thinly on checking all the details of the stories they print. They just can't start MAKING UP STORIES NOW ,CAN THEY?

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